KAI has announced the appointment of Matt Westphal as president of KAI Design and KAI Engineering. KAI recently underwent a corporate restructuring and created four new subsidiaries, each with their own president. These subsidiaries are KAI Design, KAI Engineering, KAI Build, and KAI 360 Construction Services.
“Westphal was an excellent candidate for this new position,” said Darren L. James, AIA, president of KAI Enterprises, the parent company of the subsidiaries. “His previous work experience combined with his attention to detail and his strong leadership skills were exactly what we needed to lead the new KAI Design and KAI Engineering.”
Westphal is responsible for leading, managing, and maintaining accountability for the KAI Design and KAI Engineering companies. To enhance KAI’s multi-office approach to executing work, Westphal will travel between offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and St. Louis, Missouri. Planning, programming, and architectural and interior design services are now exclusively channeled through KAI Design. Under the new restructure, KAI Design will focus on providing design services at all KAI office locations throughout the United States.
“I am thrilled to be appointed to this new dual position at KAI,” said Westphal. “This is an exciting time for the company, with the restructuring and the rebrand. I am really proud to be playing a key role in KAI’s efforts as they continue to grow.”
“Westphal brings a unique set of skills to KAI, including executive and project leadership, operational excellence, and structural engineering experience,” said Michael Hein, AIA, PMP, COO of KAI Enterprises. “We are excited to have him as part of our team.”
Westphal has a Bachelor of Science Degree in engineering with an emphasis on structures from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science Degree in civil engineering and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.